August 2, 2012 Subject:
Premiere Telecast (What`s My Line).
Season 1, episode 1.
Original air date: 2 February 1950.
The contestants include a Stork Club hatcheck girl, a diaper service executive, a veterinarian, and mystery celebrity Phil Rizutto, shortstop with the New York Yankees.
Cast: John Daly (Moderator), Dr. Richard Hoffmann (Panelist), Louis Untermeyer (Panelist), Dorothy Kilgallen (Panelist), Harold Hoffman (Panelist), Pat Finch (Contestant), Arthur Feinberg (Contestant), Seymour Kolodny (Contestant). Phil Rizzuto (Mystery Guest), Madeline Tyler (Blindfold Distributor) and Lee Vines (Announcer: uncrdited).
July 21, 2012 Subject:
Great classic TV
"Would you do a kick for me?" HA! That's some great classic sexism right there. Love this old show.
November 8, 2010 Subject:
Well worth watching
Its great to see the premiere episode of this long running program,hope to see more episodes!
November 6, 2010 Subject:
Interesting early curio
I recall watching this show in its later years (I wasn't even born yet at this premiere episode) and enjoyed it immensely. Very interesting to watch this premiere video and see to what extent the contestants practically had to jump through hoops to satisfy the panel. I felt dreadfully sorry for that poor girl Pat Finch as she was scrutinized by the panel. The show was much better in its later years. But it is interesting to note the intelligence of the panel. Thank you for uploading. Good quality.
October 23, 2009 Subject:
A True Classic!
WML is one of my favorite classic game shows and I have enjoyed it on this archive as well as on Game Show Network. This is the first time I have seen this premiere episode and it is a real treat.
Luckily, the show tweaked it's format and panel to include Mr. Cerf and Ms. Francis while retaining Ms. Kilgallen. Mr. Daley was of course the best host of all and one can never forget the razor or deodorant cut-outs that decorated the panel's desk.
I have always been bothered by how the audience would constantly give the contestant away when the panel had a conference and got even close. I thought it was so unfair and that the contestant should have received the full prize when the audience gave it away. GRRRRRR!
Unfortunately, the WML of the color television days was barely worth watching. Ms. Francis stuck it out and made it almost worthwhile but it just wasn't the same.
I'd like to thank uploader "John Quigley" for uploading this item. Though it is a bit more stiff than many later episodes, this is still an amusing example of early TV. Much of the shows format is there from this start, though one panel members would quickly be replaced due to a blacklisting (or something along those lines).
The prizes money may not have been much ($US30 in 1950 is about $US268.67 in 2009 money) but that doesn't really hurt the show.
To my knowledge, the first 3 or so episodes still exist, but much of the first two seasons is lost, then starting from (and I could be wrong) 1952 it survives largely intact.